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Adamawa Guber Election: Opposition Political Parties Call For Immediate Arrest, Prosecution Of REC

In response to the issue surrounding the recently held governorship elections in Adamawa State, opposition political groups have demanded that the state’s resident electoral commissioner (REC), Hudu Yunusa-Ari, be detained and charged with a crime.

Newsmen learned that these opposition political groups have called for Ari’s arrest and prosecution in response to rumors that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) may be attempting to cover up the situation.

It should be remembered that Ari improperly proclaimed Aishatu Binani, an APC candidate for governor, as the victor of the state’s governorship election on Sunday.

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A deed that has sparked a range of responses, notably from rival political groups.


Although Ari had been invited to Abuja by the INEC leadership, his detention has not yet been officially confirmed.

In response to this incident, Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) deputy national publicity secretary, called the Adamawa State REC’s decision treasonous and blamed the APC for it.

According to Abdullahi’s statement to The Punch, the APC’s silence played a role in the security agencies’ reluctance to take him into custody.

He said, “It is obvious that the ruling party is behind this. Now despite calls for Ari’s arrest, the security agencies have not summoned the courage to pick him up for this treasonable act. No Nigerian has perpetrated this kind of ignoble act since Nigeria gained her independence in 1960.

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“Nigerians deserve to be congratulated because they stood against daylight robbery. They stood against lawlessness and their will prevailed in the end.

“Our advice is for the security agencies, particularly the police, to do their job.


“Suspending Ari is not enough. He should be made to face the full wrath of the law and the Nigerian Police must initiate that process without further delay.”

On the part of the Labour Party, Ari’s action could amount to a coup and yet he is walking on the street a free man a few days after his shameful act.

The Chief Spokesman for the Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council, Yunusa Tanko pointed out that “To be quite honest with you, that man (REC) should have been arrested. He should have been in detention. What that man did was just like a coup?


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“For him to be walking around freely means the police have not done their job. If there is a warrant for arrest on him, he should have been in detention. Anyway, you know it is the civil service. Perhaps, they want to treat the issue with due diligence.”

Similarly, the National Publicity Secretary of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Rufus Aiyenigba, argued that Yunusa-Ari ought to be in custody “for the illegal act he offered himself to perpetrate against the Nigerian people.’’


He said “What happened a few days is condemnable and as a party, we condemned it. There is no question about it that Ari ought to be answering questions by now. The silence between the Presidency and the ruling party is worrisome.

“Yes, INEC did well by suspending the REC but there must be some form of deterrent. The Inspector General of Police and his men must act professionally. The eyes of the world are in them. There is no reason Ari shouldn’t be in detention by now.”


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